The group of Sisters on the
First page represents the Congre-
gation of American Sisters,
established at Fort Berthold,
Elbow Woods, P. N- Dakota-
[Rev. Father Craft has this to say:)
The. Congregation of American
Sisters, the first religious order of
Indians, was founded in 1891 by
Rev. Mother Mary Catharine Pte-
sanwanvakapi, a full blood Indian,
the daughter of Joseph Crow-Feath-
er ( Kangi Wiyaka,) of the Hun-
kpapn tribe of the Dakotas. The
purpose of the ordei' is not to limit
its labors to any one field, but to
undertake any work found necessary
among Indians, whites and other
races. The Sisters, on entering the
order, renounced, tribal relations, and
became citizens of the United States. •
In their Work, on Indian reservations,
they conduct schools and hospitals,
instruct the Indians in their, homes,
h societies, attend the
sick -in their homes, as physicians, as
well as nurses, and cooperate with
Government and its officials in the
work of Indian civilization. The
order is incorporated under the laws
of .the State of North Dakota, u.der
the legal title Congregation of A
nieri can Sisters. The principle su-
periors of the order are; Rev. Moth-
er Ligouri, C. A. S. Prioress Gener-
al; Rev. M. Francis Regis, C. A. S.
Assistant Prioress; Rev. Mother M.
Bridget, C....A. S. Prioress of the
Mother house; Rev. Mother M. Ger-
trude, C. A. S. Subprioress.
The great success so quicklv at-
tained by this order of Sisters,
proves that Indians are equal to
whites in, intelligence and capability.
& that they can, if they wish, by a de
termined effort, step at once from
the transition state to progressive
h wr.s a real pleasure for us to
read and re.e.d the iuie: osthio- let-
ters from Ruse Bud and Pine Ridge
Schools in the January number.
It will be nothing new to tell you
that We have had very cold, stormy
leather here and man'. hi z/.ards. as
■■••.- -•'-, pose you have Lad your share
also. The first of February »»> the
name day of our good Sister Suoe
a very line pleasant day, for, we ex
1 ected S'.methi: g extra. After o."-
fering her"our greeii; gs and good
wishes for a happy fe..tt- !» v and
partaking of a hearty dinner we en-
joyed a glorious sleigh ride of
twelve miles on the Lake, After
our return we thu tilted the good in
diar.s who procured us the pie sure
by loudly bringing their teams. We
continued to amuse ourselves vvi.li
gam.stiilO. P. M.
We hope the soring months will
brir-g its mors : ' ■ ■ .■-■■; '
lv, more, interesting news from 1 r
school and reservation, lo send to
our South 1 lakota f. -lends.
civilization The secret of their suc-
cess may be told in one word, — "A-
merican." When Indians, — the
real Americans, — unite American
energy and patriotism with Catholic
faith, and work in union with their
American Government and their
American fellow-citizens, thev can-
not fail, and must succeed in ©yery
HOLY ROSARY MISSION: S. D.
Dec. 7, 1896.
Dea. Rev. Father Jerome:. —
With the greatest, pleasure: 1
will today compose a little letter and
tell you all the news that 1 know
in this section of Pine Ridge Reser-
Well 1 am glad to say th.it all
inmates of the Mission are enjoving
good health. Rev. Father Jutz who
was the Superior of this school last
year was called to Boston as Rector
of Holy Trinity church, and now
Rev. Father Bosch is conduetino- onr
institution. He is verv kind ami
tries all he can to make us happy
and content. He bought a rifle for
the boys and my brother has o- e
too, and so we go hunting in the
woods sometimes. I shot three rab-
bits and six quails already and once
us which we relish very milch. Two
. ig(> we had very nnii-li snow
but ii h s all melted and it is very
muddy. Our sport coast ii g down
the hill.- fs at ill e'i rl jus! now, but
the skating is fine, iht ire is nice and
sleek and »e have a j . d I \ time in
>le ivee'--. A very unusual
oceimiuoe on the prairie. The wind
mills could not 1 Uinta any water
and so we had to gel onr water from
the creek. Brother carpenter and
mason are digging h well in the Sis
fcera' yard.; they have reached water
and so much that it 1ms to be pump-
.ed out so that tliev can continue
St. Jose. Ii's and St. Marx's socie-
ties are getting along very well.
They have meetings nearly every
.Sunday. 1 heard they are Collect-
ing money for Christmas. Several
Indian women are being instructed
and will soon receive holy Baptism
and ujl] join St. Mary's society.
is quite a number of members
: re 1 ii . ; f toinp ■: « Is tl
are gpi'ig to c ufessioh and to
The chief -'of Y is dtjnr, White
thinks that he will not live many
1 - ai i more. My aunt is very
sick too, Rev. Father Bosch and 1
went to see her last Saturday.
At present we are rehearsing
SQtlgS, and or- Ctieitlg dialogues for
Christmas. Some of lis nlav diffe
eut instrume. ts in a Pvnuihon
which two girls accompany on tl
piano. I will plav a March on the
at our little 6! terlainme.nt.
We are all glad Christmas is near
at hand. Oh! how beautiful it. will
look to see the image's of our divine
Savior in the cribs, streching His
little hands to us and reminding us
of IPs boundless love. We expect
nice Christmas presents, for two Sis
teis went to Omaha to buy some.
Dear Rev. Father, this is all I can
think of; sending mv best regards
I shot at a big fat prairie chicken: to the Eya'npaha and its readers,
but I got so excited that I missed it. J remain Your grateful bov,
The good Sister cooks our game for j R Q 0LH0F „
A MIRACULOUS CUKE ON
FIRST C0MMUNH1N DAY.
IN Ober-Wesel, noli far fo , :
Bingeu on the Rhine, cher lived :i
girl of thirteen years who. on ac-
count of a disease, had been unable
to stand-- much less wall., for nine
On July !>6, 1867, she receiver!
iivly Comrnu: ion in the parish
church. The sink child was driven
there in a little carriage and wjis
later carried to the (Jommuuion rail.
When, ai the conclusion of the
ceremony; her father went to take
or by the arm to carry her home,
she no longer needed his assistance,
for .another had bellied her.
The little one stood in the mid-
dle Of the church, healthy and sound,
and raised a cry of joy such as the
old walls had never yet heard. Af-
ter a most fervent thanksgiving, in
which all present united with God's
favored child, she went home sup-
■■' 1 hei parents*'.
In theeveuiug she no longer
-ee led- any help, but went out in
sheet alone. The whole city".
v. ed the most cordial interest in
the happy family.
Thus God is pleased continual-
ly to perform miracles through the
Most Holv Sacrament and in this
way to manifest His love, and since
He shows Himself so ready to
even bodily evils, mav we not
pect everything from Him in
A FIRST COMMUNICANT CON-
VERTS HER FATHER.
A pious girl was accepted for
First Communion. Full of jov, she
hastened home to her father and told
him of her great, happiness, adding:
"Dear father, since so great a happi-
ness awaits me I hope you, too, will
grant me a favor "
"Most gladly, mv dear child, will
I do anything for you, only tell me
what it is you desire of me."
•Twill tell you," answered the
child, -'when you have promised me
that vou will do it,"
'•But," returned the father, '-if
the fulfilment of your wishes be not
in inv power — "
••Yes, \ os, dear fattier, you can
easil v do it," said she.
Finally her Father gave the un-
conditional promise. -Dear father,*'
continued she, in a childlike and
affectionate manner, -dear father,
you must make mv happiness ootn-
ple.-e: you must go with me to ho-
le Communion. It is a long time
since \ou have made your Easter
dut\ ■; remember that van might die
suddenly and then where would you
go?" — "1 -x i 1 1 see about it,"' an-
swered the surprised father.
■■No, no, vou have promised me,
and vou must keep your word; and
I will not let this Lent, which is
given us as a time of preparation, pass
without insisting npo:i and praying
for it; you must go with me!"
On his child's First Communion
dav, the father humbly knelt at the
Communion rail, and after many
v ears' absence once more- received
the neck of her parents and sister,
weeping for joy, and exclaimed:
"Dear father, dear mother!"
The multitude saw and heard
what had taken place, and praised
and thanked God,
MIRACULOUS CUBE OF A
DEAF AND DUMB GIRL.
Teresa Kruse, a ten year old
girl of Uriisberg, 'Westphalen, had
the misfortune to lose her speech
a: due; ring during a severe sick-
liess. AH efforts of the doctor to
cute her were fruitless. She had
earlv been well instructed and now
her 'knowledge could be increased
l„d\ bv the aid of sign-, but parti
c.uWK by her slate.
A pious disposition displayed
itself nn.ro a- d more in the child,
hi the meantime, Teresa, who had
;v.,i ■ A-. 1 tdeageof 14-. ardently long-
ed For her First Communion, for which
she carefnllv. yes, holilv, prepared
herself, and whereby she confidently
hoped to obtain her cure. -The
great dav, August 26, 1835, arrived.
Her fervor was exemnlarv and affect-
iug When die Sacred I lost touched
her tongue, she heard the sound of
the organ and said aloud: "My
Lord and my God!"
Returning to her place, she fell
noon her knees: tears of joy were
" flowing from her eyes, whilst the
iones of the organ and die sweet
si. iin. .g sounded louder and more
cdearly in her ears.
When she left the church she
., -reeve 1 her yoinimnions and fell on
THE CAT AND THE MONKEY.
A MONKEY one dav stole
some chestnuts and put them into
the hot ashes and embers to roast;
but when done, finding them too hot
for him to touch, persuaded a cat to
assist him in getting them out,
promising half of the nuts. At first
she declined; at last overcome bv
his persuation, and tempted b\ the
gain, she put her paw into the fire,
and got out the chestnuts. But she
burned herself verv badlv, and while
she was lamenting over her misfor
tune, the cunning monkev gathered
up all the nuts and ran off with them.
Moral.-— Never let wicked com-
panions tempt you to do that wliich
wro- g. even with the prospect of
gain; for nothing ca i rej.ro v vou for
the loss of « clear conscience. Your
own knowledge of having commit-
ted a fault will ■ ii
11. Iv Rosarv Ma-sinu,
Dec. 9, 1896.
Dear R v. Fat in Jrrome;—
Today T will
wsite to .you foi tic- fLst time and I will
tell you all about the Mission. Rev. Fa-
iher Ju'.z left the Mission in July and
when 1 heard ii 1 wa> v< ry sorry because
I didn't s<c hsm b. fo c he ivc.i.
In the latter i art «£ Oct. .he.' we had
a 1) tie. picnic and we lad a nice time.
These arc ah >ut*i.u;ety girls and seven.
ty boys here. R v Mother Cecilia and
girls and b VS were all n ttic f out yarn
to greet the.tl, a: A she stayed i ere a
we, k. N vvmbi r the twenty recoml we
We aim had a n ce tl'iu ' on Thanks-
giving-day a: d in the evening th.ej
showed pictures in the hall. Yesterday
we ceh brat, d li.e Feast at the Tin macu-
late Conception (f the Blessed Virgin
Mary and some gi.ls and Woroi tl and
men went to Holy ( Inminm.iiv. Dear
Rev. Fat: er. I can not :<■]! you imici .so
f will close wisl ice; yriu a Me.ry Christ-
uiasauda Happy New ?.«•-, That is
all I have to fay for this limn
Your loving friend
,1 ESKTJS .TtUUPJNr.-KAGPE.
[ Holy Rosarv Mission,
8. JD. Dec 9th 1896.
Dear Rev. Father Jerome;—
As we have
not written to you for a long time, I
thought I would write a few lines to you
today, We are all well at the Mission,
and I hope you are the same. I will first
tell you about the Congress. There
were many people here. Our Rt, Rev.
Bishop Marty, Rev. Father Digmann.
Father Zahm and two Fathers from
Standing Rock, Father Francis and Fa-
ther Bernard were here too. Many peo-
ple went to confession and received Holy
Communion and many were confirmed.
It was a grand sight to see the people
go to Holy Communion. Our Chapel
was too small for them all. It was very
lonesome here after all the people went
home again. Rev. Father Jutz went to
Boston and Rev. Father Bosch is here
at Holy Rosary Mission now. Rev. Fa-
ther Superior from Buffalo was here not
very long ago and Ven. Mo. her Cecilia
from Buffalo came to visit us too, and
we had a l.tfle entertainment for her.
We are going to have a nice time at
Christmas. I will now close my letter
with a Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year to you, dear Rev. Father.
Your affectionate child
' b\ DEGREES.
DO you think you can be very good
11 in a minute, even though yon have
.sked Cod to forgive you your sine, and
to send you help to do better?
There is such a thing as growth, in
goodness as in plants; and if you really
want to be a strong young tree in
the garden of the Lord, you must be
content to pa: s through many stages,
and wait for many suns and many show-
ers, and even thou you have not yet
reached your full size.
Do you understand me? You can be a
little good directly, for you can try to be
good. But do not be disappointed if you
fail or sit .down to say rebelliously, "I
have tried, and I was good for a little
while, and now 1 am naughty again, so
it is no use praying or trying any more."
Such thoughts are always sent by the
wicked one to discourage you. He wants
you to give up goodness altogether. He
hales to see you trying ever so little.
Rather lift, up your head after a fit. of
naughtiness and say: "I am still a little
... an! in God's garden, and although
leaves are soiled with sin and earthli-
nerp. lie can warn them with His show-
ers, and brigi. ten them with His sun. if
1 nuly look up to Him and do not de-
spair and sh.k still deep, rmtot! e earth,"
"But I want to be very good, a very
strong young tree in God's garden," says
some hopeful child.
Well, it is a good wish, only remem-
ber, r.o hurry! The best fruit takes the
longest to ripen; and remember, you are
happier than the fruit, in that you can
help on your growth by meekly bending
your head under the showers of God's
correction and thanking Him for the
sun of His love.
©S^Fort Totten, North Dakota,
February, 9th- 1897;— Isidore
Mniyo, Inyan Conkaske etanhan
wowapi kaga wandakapi, de on
tokata March wi kin enpnspewa-
kiye kta. Dehan okan sni.
MATILDA had a very hasty
and passionate temper. Her mother
endeavored in vain to correct this
disposition, which seemed rather to
increase in impetuosity.
One day she was sitting at her
work when her little brother came
running in, and accidently upset
work-box. At the sight of its con-
tents rolling over the floor, Matilda
rose from her seat, transported with
Hirer; her eves sparkling with fury,
the veins, in her forehead became
swollen, and her whole countenance
seemed on fire. At this moment,
her mother, who had seen her anger
rise, stepped behind her and held a
lokincr gia..s before her face. Ma-
tilda started with fright at the sight
of her distorted countenance; her
anger ceased, and she burst out cry-
ing, "Do vou now see." said her
mother: -how frightful a thing anger
is, and how hideous it makes the hu-
man figure? If you continue to in-
dulge this passion, that terrible ex-
pression which frightened you so,*-
just now, will soon become fixed on
vour face, which will lose every
Matilda took this lesson to heart,
and when she was tempted to be an-
gry, thought of 'he looking-glass.
In tune she became quite mild and
oentle. Her excellent mother often
said to her, 'dt is the same with
other vices and virtues, hesid,-
of anger and meekness: so that
" 'Our countenance shows what passes
A fair face is often made ugly by sin;"